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BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell – the prototype is testing a new hydrogen propulsion technology

The German car manufacturer officially unveiled the new BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell, a supercar prototype powered by hydrogen.

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Every year BMW organizes an event called Innovation Days, which tries to assemble all the technological progress of its engineers.

This year, BMW Group Innovation Days marked the presence of a building on the current i8 prototype versions. The result is simply called BMW i8 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell is, as the name suggests, a hydrogen powered version of the supercar, until recently used as a test bed for new fuel cell technologies.

Held under the utmost secrecy, the new i8 hydrogen has been completed since 2012, but until now has been used in the testing phase. As it was normal hybrid drive has been replaced with one and hydrogen, which makes it unnecessary to use a 1.5 liter petrol engine

Propulsion is provided by an electric motor located on the rear axle, which generates 250 horsepower, but that could deliver more for future car series which it will receive. The energy required is generated by running a mixture of atmospheric oxygen with hydrogen stored in a tank located right on the center line of the structure.

At the aesthetic level, the BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell comes with something simpler lines than the production version, both in front and in the rear. The design is complemented by a black paint, matt, and alloy wheels also black.

BMW i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell via BMW

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